Hairdressing & Barbering SVQ

What is special about this course?

This course will provide you with basic knowledge of hairdressing delivered in a realistic work environment.  You will gain a useful qualification with the skills required to get a start in the industry.

The classroom is set up to represent a salon with hair wash sinks, stylist stations, storage, laundry and a training reception area.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but a desire to work in a customer service industry is essential.

  • Make Sure Your Own Actions Reduce the Risks to Health and Safety (ENTO Unit HSS1)
  • Contribute to the Development of Effective Working Relationships
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair
  • Prepare for Hair Services and Maintain Work Areas
  • Assist with Salon Reception Duties
  • Blow Dry Hair
  • Practical Training in the Hairdressing Salon
  • Assist with Hair Colour Services
  • Core Skills Numeracy, ICT and Communication

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date

September 2015


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

Further information on course fees & funding can be found here.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This qualification can provide progression on to the Hairdressing SVQ Level 2 and could also be your start to a successful career in the hairdressing industry.

Is there more information available online?

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